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|Overarching ACC News/Publications
ACC Named Among Best Places to Work in Healthcare
The College was selected as one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2016. Increasing staff and member knowledge and skills is one of the College’s top priorities. This honor is truly a reflection on the College’s efforts to ensure that staff are able to best support our mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The alphabetically-ordered list is available now, and specific rankings will be announced on Oct. 6 at the Modern Healthcare awards gala in New Orleans.
Latest Issue of CardioSource WorldNews Examines the Link Between AFib and Dementia
The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews examines the possible link between atrial fibrillation and dementia. In this month’s interviews, Rebecca Allison, MD, FACC, discusses her work advocating for equal treatment for transgender patients and Marc P. Bonaca, MD, explains the PEGASUS-TIMI 54 findings presented at ACC.16. Elsewhere in the issue, Gerard Martin, MD, FACC, writes about the importance of bringing quality pediatric cardiac care to developing nations. See the full issue at ACC.org/CSWN.
JACC Leadership Page: Where Will Cardiology Be in 2050?
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, looks forward to the future of cardiology. By examining current trends, he predicts what the next 50 years might look like, covering topics such as telemedicine, wearable technology, robotics, genetic testing and more. “There is little doubt that the days of cardiovascular disease being the number one killer around the world are numbered,” he writes. “I also have no doubt that the College’s members will play a significant role in making this happen.” Read more.
Coronary Artery Disease Infographic Now Available
Coronary artery disease (CAD) affects more than 15 million American adults, making it the most common type of heart disease. It’s also the leading cause of death in men and women in the U.S. Since CAD usually progresses over many decades, patients have troubles understanding this disease. ACC’s CardioSmart CAD Infographic explains this condition in an easy-to-understand and interactive format. CardioSmart’s infographic posters are ideal point-of-care graphics for your waiting and exam rooms, and can be downloaded for free. To receive more tools and resources, sign up to become a CardioSmart Practice!
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|Top Science and Quality News
Study Shows Few Periprocedural Anticoagulation Management Standards Exist
There is a need to develop standardized protocols for the interruption of oral anticoagulation for surgery and invasive procedures, according to results of a study published July 4 in the Journal of American College of Cardiology. Because the management of parenteral anticoagulation is a complex process and requires coordination between health care providers, the ACC Anticoagulation Initiative Work Group developed a survey to help “better understand current practice patterns for patients requiring interruption of anticoagulation therapy.” The survey found that few respondents had standardized periprocedural protocols at their institutions, and highlights confusion surrounding periprocedural management of anticoagulation in patients treated with a direct-acting oral anticoagulant. “Overall, promotion of anticoagulation education programs and coordination among specialties, pharmacists, nursing and other health care providers are needed to improve anticoagulation patient care,” said Greg C. Flaker, MD, FACC, lead author of the study. “The College is in the process of developing a clinical policy document in direct response to this need.” Read more on ACC.org.
Public Reporting Update: 2015 Data Refresh
Select medication discharge-related measures for the CathPCI Registry and ICD Registry are currently being reported through the Find Your Heart a Home tool, powered by the CardioSmart initiative. This August, 2014 data will be replaced with data from 2015. A preview of the report demonstrating your hospital's performance on eligible measures for 2015 is available on the NCDR Dashboard (available under "Other Reports"). If your hospital is already engaged in public reporting, no action is required. If your facility is not engaged in public reporting, the opportunity is available to join hundreds of other hospitals in demonstrating a dedication to transparency, quality improvement and patient engagement. When a hospital chooses not to opt in, it will be identified as "not participating" with ACC public reporting on the Find Your Heart a Home page. As of this spring, U.S. News & World Report announced it now gives hospitals that participate in ACC's public reporting program credit in its annual rankings of Best Hospitals in Cardiology & Heart Surgery. To opt-in to ACC’s program, submit the CathPCI Registry Public Reporting Consent Form and/or ICD Registry Public Reporting Consent Form.
Performance, Quality Measures Updated For Treating AFib
Updated clinical performance and quality measures for treating adult patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) or atrial flutter have been expanded to include the inpatient setting, and now address care domains that were not previously included, such as patient safety, effective clinical care, communication and care coordination. The updated measure set was released June 27 by the ACC and the American Heart Association, and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. “The writing committee believes that implementation of this clinical performance and quality measure set by providers, physician practices, and hospital systems will help to enhance the quality of care provided to patients with AFib in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, and thereby improve their quality of life,” says Paul A. Heidenreich, MD, MS, FACC, chair of the writing committee. Read more on ACC.org.
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|Top Advocacy and Health Policy News
CMS Releases Proposed 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Rules
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 7 released the proposed 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, which addresses Medicare payment and quality provisions for physicians in 2017. Under the proposal, physicians will see a 0.1 percent conversion factor payment decrease on Jan. 1, 2017. CMS estimates that the physician rule will increase payments to cardiologists 1 percent from 2016 to 2017. The Physician Fee Schedule was released following the proposed 2017 Hospital Outpatient Rule, which was released on July 6 and indicates a 1.6 percent payment update for hospitals. As a result of extensive advocacy efforts by your ACC, the American Medical Association and other physician organizations, CMS proposed a number of changes to the federal Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, including a reduction to a 90-day reporting period for 2016. Complete details on this and other Physician Fee Schedule and hospital outpatient proposals are available on ACC.org.
ACC Submits Comments to CMS on Proposed MACRA Structure
The ACC has submitted extensive comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed regulations to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) based on the feedback of key member groups. The MACRA legislation repealed the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which focused on fee-for-service payment, where higher performing physicians had no ability to earn more for outcomes. Replacing SGR with MACRA will pave the way for a new payment system that places importance on quality care. MACRA also creates stability for Medicare payments by mapping out payment updates for ten years and beyond – stability that was severely lacking under the SGR formula. CMS will release the final regulations by Nov. 1, 2016, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017 – the proposed start of the reporting period under the new payment program. The ACC will continue to work with CMS throughout the regulatory process to establish details of how the law will function. The ACC will also be developing education and resources to help members prepare for the changes ahead. Read the College’s comments on ACC.org.
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|Top Membership News
Is Your ACC Member Profile Up-To-Date?
The ACC wants to make sure it's sending members only the most relevant information. To that end, the College is encouraging all members to update their ACC profile, including contact information, specialty areas, clinical interest areas and practice information. Don’t miss out on the latest cardiovascular research, new clinical guidelines, advocacy updates, ACC news and member benefits. Update your profile online at ACC.org/MyProfile.
For FITs: Network With Mentors Through ACC's Member Sections
Did you know that FITs receive FREE membership in ACC's 19+ Member Sections? Select your Section preferences and unlock access to a community of professionals that share your specialty and/or interest areas. Gain leadership experience, network with leaders in the field and make progress on priorities that matter to you.
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|Top Education News
ACC Launches Two New Education Products
The brand new version of ACCSAP 9 is now available. Rebuilt from the ground up, by cardiologists for cardiologists, ACCSAP9's intuitive user dashboard will quickly help users identify knowledge gaps and offer personalized content. ACCSAP 9's new design allows users to choose how they want to learn. They can read, watch or listen to the content supplemented with hundreds of case-based questions generating custom quizzes and simulated board exams. Incorporating the latest in educational technology, ACCSAP 9 features a new mobile app to facilitate on-the-go learning via phone or tablet, with or without an internet connection. Additionally, this digital product will offer dual CME/MOC. Users can earn up to 155 CME and MOC points. Visit ACC.org/ACCSAP9 to learn more.
In addition, a new ECG Drill & Practice tool launched recently for those preparing for initial Board certification in cardiovascular disease or just looking to hone their ECG interpretation skills. The product provides an opportunity for users to learn about identification of ECG abnormalities, practice what the just learned using flash card technology as well as challenge their ECG interpretation skills. The ECG drill and practice product incorporates the self-assessment ECG test, featuring format and answer options similar to those of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM’s) certifying examination in cardiovascular disease.
Claim Your Credit from ACC.16
Don't forget to claim your credit or certificate of participation for ACC.16. Click here to access the Credit System, and review the instructions and frequently asked questions for more information. The remaining deadline for claiming certificates is:
If you are not already logged in, you will need to enter your ACC username and password. If you need assistance, you may contact the Resource Center by email at email@example.com or phone at 800-253-4636 ext. 5603 (Toll Free, US & Canada) or 202-375-6000 ext. 5603 (Outside US & Canada).
- CME/CNE Certificate and Certificate of Participation: October 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET
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|Digital ACC Resources
Registration Now Open For CardioSmart’s Heart Forum on Congenital Heart Disease
CardioSmart’s Heart Forum continues with a new webinar on congenital heart disease (CHD): “Living with CHD as an Adult,” taking place Wednesday, July 27, at 12 p.m. ET. Elisa Bradley, MD, assistant professor of medicine at The Ohio State University will discuss topics such as: managing CHD as an adult, transitioning to an adult care cardiologist, getting the resources for support, and overcoming challenges. This webinar is free for ACC members, non-members and patients. Please encourage your patients and their caregivers to register here.
Free ACCEL Access for FITs
Did you know that Fellows in Training receive unlimited, complimentary access to ACC’s ACCEL audio journal. Sign up for this unique membership benefit here.
Stay In Touch with the ACC via Social Media
Stay in touch with the ACC and the latest clinical and advocacy news through ACC in Touch. ACCinTouch connects ACC members and those interested in cardiovascular news through popular social networking channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Join each of these networks to connect with ACC members and those interested in cardiology. In addition to the ACC's main Twitter profile @ACCinTouch, the College also has a profile dedicated to advocacy-related news (@Cardiology). CardioSmart, the ACC's patient education and support program, also has patient-centered cardiovascular news available through Facebook, Twitter (@CardioSmart), and YouTube. For more information about ACC’s social media channels, visit ACC.org/ACCinTouch.
ACC Archived Webinars
Did you know that you can find archived webinars from throughout the years from the ACC on ACC.org? As a member, you have access to this wealth of information here. To access them, you must have an ACC.org log-in and use the confirmation code and webinar access link emailed to you once you. Questions? Contact ACC’s Resource Center at Phone: 202-375-6000, ext. 5603 or 800-253-4636, ext. 5603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download ACC’s Advocacy Action Mobile App
Be sure to download the ACC Advocacy Action mobile app to get easy access to ACC's advocacy priorities and timely talking points to share during congressional visits. The app was designed to help members engage with lawmakers and influence health policy. Download it today on iTunes (iPhone, iPad) and Google Play (Android devices).
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